I love the idea of wearing a fencing helmet.
I'm not about to give up my gloves. I wear protective gloves at my day-job, so I've got no issues with dexterity. I was picky about finding gloves that fit, and that had elastic gauntlets. I'm very happy with them. Honestly, I don't find them hot or uncomfortable. I also don't think that they make me a more clumsy beekeeper.
From my point of view, gloves are part of the wardrobe of safety gear that I wear to do a job. I often wear a half-mask respirator at work, and while it is heavy and sweaty, I'm not going to be "macho" and take off the protective gear. Likewise -- for me -- with the beekeeping gloves. They may be a little bit awkward, but I value the protection that they offer.
Each person has their own comfort levels, and I'd rather be protected from stings.